The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Our New Addition

20 June 2010

We adopted a new family member this weekend! It was the quickest, easiest, cheapest adoption I've ever been a part of in any capacity! He's about 3 years old and his name is Dexter. He's black and brown and very hairy. And, he's a Poogle! At least that's what I think.
Poogles are a hybrid or designer dog, a cross between a poodle (standard in Dex's case, I think) and a beagle. He's a rescue dog who was originally listed as a Llasa Apso, but then re-listed as a Labradoodle (labrador x poodle hybrid). But, personally, I think both are wrong. He's definitely poodle and from his body shape and coloring, beagle is my guess.

I plan to take him to the vet tomorrow to find out for sure, and make sure he's in good general health (he seems awfully itchy...poor thing). I'm also curious for a guess on his age.

If you've been following for any length of time, you know that we've been coaxing Pea out of her shell since she joined our family two and half years ago. Dexter seems to be experiencing the same shyness. He's had a bit of a rough background, just like Pea (well, not the same issues exactly, but they both had their troubles as youngins). We're looking forward to seeing his real personality (or is that dogality?).

I've never been a big animal person, but someway, somehow, cute little Dex has wheedled his way straight to my heart. Who would have thought a person like me would have the family dog on the couch, and even in her bed?! It helps tremendously that he doesn't shed or drool, but still! He's one special poochy!


My Man and Me

My Man and Me
married 7/7/2001


ours through biology, born 7/25/2004, home 8/1/2004


ours through adoption from Liberia, West Africa, born 7/15/2005, home 10/25/2007


ours through domestic adoption, born 1/15/2011, home 2/10/2011, final 8/3/2011

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Round Two Timeline

  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued